The Disney Pixar blockbuster film Brave has put Scotland’s fabulous scenery well and truly on the radar of hundreds of thousands of movie fans.
The story of the film-making has it that the creative team spent a great deal of time in Scotland, immersing themselves quite literally in the landscape by swimming in lochs and rolling in heather. Well, that’s what we’ve heard on the grapevine!
And the result is a fabulously lavish depiction of Scotland. It’s not just the stunning colours of the scenery in the film, but also the textures of the landscape, the clothes and the attention to detail, right down to the freckles of red-haired heroine Merida’s.
Art director Tia Kratter is reported as saying: “We lay down in it to get a real sense of what it was like. I marched up and down the Royal Mile, gathering every swatch of tartan I could find. Then I bashed them with stones to make them look old and worn.
“We went up the east coast and found our castle – Dunottar Castle. We looked at standing stones and lochs and moss and heather and we lay down in it to get a real sense of what it was like.”
The list of places in Scotland that are believed to have inspired the Brave film is long. They include, on the mainland, iconic Loch Ness, fabulous Urquhurt Castle (on the banks of Loch Ness), Glen Affric – considered one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland – and wonderful Little Loch Broom.
And on the Scottish islands… Skye’s Fairy Glen, the Quiraing, The Old Man of Storr and the awesome Trotternish Peninsula.
So how would you like to walk amid some of these gorgeous settings and past the iconic buildings and landmarks? We reckon that many more people will be inspired to head to Scotland for a holiday or a walking break.
Three great walks in Brave-inspired Scotland
Loch Affric Circuit - A walk of just over 11 miles takes you to – and around – picturesque Loch Affric. You’ll enjoy great views of the loch and moorland as you walk through pine trees. Majestic mountain scenery as a backdrop is all part of this route amid the Brave-inspired landscapes.
Fairly Glen walk - A short walk take you some of Scotland’s truly amazing scenery. The two-mile circuit starts from the Uig Hotel, on Skye, and heads through a Tolkien-like landscape of bizarre cone-shaped hills, where it’s easy to imagine fairies running about the cone-shaped hills.
South Loch ness Trail - Starts at Loch Tarff, near Fort Augustus, and stretches 28 miles to Torbreck on the edge of Inverness via Whitebridge, Foyers, Inverfarigaig and Dores. You will be treated to wonderful views of this loch – and don’t forget to look out for the legendary Loch Ness Monster!